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Freshman RickyWilliams scoredtwo touchdowns againstthe nation's
top defense Saturday and No. 9 Texas snapped No. 16 Texas A&M's 31-
game home winning streak with a 16-6 victory that clinched the last
Southwest Conference championship.
The Longhorns (10-1-1 overall, 7-0 SWC) will play in the Sugar Bowl
while the Aggies (8-3, 5-2) get the consolation prize of meeting
Michigan on Dec. 29 in the Alamo Bowl at San Antonio.

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ETROIT - For most
practical purposes, the
Michigan section of the box
score from the Wolverines' 68-48 win
over Detroit Saturday night could
have read like this:

Defense defeats Detroit
Taylor keys Michigan win in clash with the Titans

FG 3PtFG Pts
Taylor/Bullock 14-20 3-4 38
The other guys 9-27 2-9 30
Consolidating the box score this
way would convey 85 percent of the
game's relevant information in 25
percent of the space. True, it would
have omitted some of the game's rare
highlights, like Robert Traylor
missing only
one of his six
free throws. Or
like Jerod
Ward playing
solid defense,
hauling down
seven re-
bounds, and

By Michael Rosenberg
Daily Editor in Chief
DETROIT- They say defense wins
championships.
At the very least, defense wins games
against Detroit.
The Michigan men's basketball team
found that out at Cobo Arena Saturday
night, when they held the Titans to just
38 percent from the field on the way to
a 68-48 victory.
"Both halfs we played well defen-
sively," Michigan coach Steve Fisher said.
Detroit's shooting was consistently
miserable throughout the game: 10-for-
23 in the first half, 10-for-30 in the second
half, down for a 10-count at the end.
The Wolverines (5-2) had their own
shooting struggles in the first half, mak-
ing just nine of 24 shots from the field.
But Michigan improved to 14-for-23 in
the second half to blow out Detroit (2-1).
Forward Maurice Taylor scored
Michigan's first seven points and ended
with 20 for the night.
"This is one of the best games I've
played this year," Taylor said. "I don't
think I have played the way I'm capable
of playing."
Despite Taylor's outburst, Michigan
kept the Titans (and the crowd of 10,709)
in the game. The Wolverines held a

slim 27-23 lead at the half and found
themselves tied up, 29-29, with 16 min-
utes remaining.
It was around then that the Wolver-
ines suddenly realized that, hey, they
were bigger and stronger and, well,
maybe they should start playing like it.
After that, their problems disap-
peared.
The Wolverines used their size to
outscore the Titans 38-19 in the final
14:50.
"Dutch came to me at the half and
said we only had one basket in the paint
and that was a driving basket by Dugan
(Fife)," said Fisher, referring to assis-
tant Brian Dutcher.
The Wolverines pounded the ball in-
side in the second half, with positive
results. On those occasions when they
didn't score, they often found themselves
at the foul line. For the game, Michigan
made 17 of 27 free throws. Detroit was
just five for seven from the line.
One reason for the Titans' low score
was Michigan's defensive rebounding,
which prevented Detroit from getting
many second chances. Jerod Ward alone
grabbed seven defensive rebounds.
"It was a really good victory for the
team overall," said Ward, who scored
nine points. "I'm happy about it."

Guard Jermaine Jackson was the only
Titan in double figures. He scored 13
points.
Despite Jackson's efforts, Detroit
coach Perry Watson said his team fell
apart in the final 10 minutes.
"For 30 minutes we really gave the
type of effort that was needed to win,"
Watson said. "I was pleased for about
30 minutes with everything we did."
Part of the reason for the collapse
may have been Watson himself. The
coach was slapped with a technical foul
with 5:20 remaining. Watson was an-
grily protesting that a foul should have
been called on Michigan guard Louis
Bullock, who ran into a Detroit player.
"I thought it was just a blatant call,"
Watson said. "Our player was knocked
out of the air."
The Titans were down 52-44 at the
time ofthe technical but were outscored
15-4 during the rest of the game.
"I think they were kind of surprised,"
Watson said. "It was my first technical
in three years here."
Although Watson was disappointed
with the final score, the Titans made a
strong impression on the Wolverines.
"We didn't think they would come
out and play so well," Taylor said. "They
came out hard."

McNTOSH
McIntosh
Classics
for the Wolverines:

chipping in
nine points.
But glazing
over those
statistics also
emphasizes one
important fact
Right now,

Michigan's Louis Bullock's steal helped the Wolverines past Detroit Saturday.

First-period flurry leads Wolverines over Falcons

Bullock and Taylor are the only
Wolverines that can be counted on to
put points on the board every game,
night-in and night-out.
Taylor is Michigan's stalwart.
Every game this season has found
him scoring in double figures, and
when the Wolverines need a bucket,
the ball inevitably ends up in his
hands. En route to a 20-point, eight-
rebound performance Saturday,
Taylor scored Michigan's first seven
points and made eight of his 11 shots.
Bullock's play is a pleasant
surprise for Michigan coach Steve
Fisher; in fact, Bullock's play has
been a pleasant surprise even for
Bullock.
"Coming in as a freshman, you
don't really know where your career
will go right away," Bullock said.
But don't get the wrong idea: The
other Wolverines had a good deal to
do with beating Detroit. Michigan's
defense was swarming, forcing a
wide variety of misguided Titan shot
selections. Their rebounding was
suspect, but they did win the battle of
See McINTOSH, Page 88

By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Writer
BOWLING GREEN - Among the
banners of some Falcon alumni that
hang in Bowling Green Ice Arena are
those of Ken Morrow and Mark Wells.
They were members of the 1980 gold
medal-winning U.S. Olympic Hockey
team that performed the "Miracle on
Ice," beating the heavily favored So-
viet Union.
Unfortunately for the Bowling Green
hockey team, a miracle of equal stature
may have been the only hope for the
Falcons to have had any chance ofcom-
ing back from the whirlwind of Michi-
gan domination in the first period Sat-
urday.
The No. 4 Wolverines (8-2 CCHA,
11-3 overall) put to rest any hints of a
slumping team on a losing streak with
season bests of a five-goal first period
and a whopping 50 shots on goal en
route to an 8-1 blowout of the No. 10
Falcons (6-2-1, 11-3-1).
Michigan's power play, mired in a 2-
for-21 slump in its three previous games,
received an injection of life with a 4-
for-8 showing, with all four goals com-
ing in the first period.

In particular, the unit was greatly
keyed by a five-minute man-advantage
late in the first period which saw Michi-
gan tack on tallies by Matt Herr and
Steven Halko to create a nearly insur-
mountable 5-0 lead.
"We needed to have a good start and
the puck went in for us," Michigan
coach Red Berenson said. "The power
play was something we've been con-
cerned with and that was the difference
in the game and how we played in the
first period."
While there was little neutral-zone
play, the Wolverines clearly had the
advantage. They were the quicker of
the two teams and consistently beat the
Falcons to loose pucks.
Sometimes they beat the Falcons be-
fore they could blink, as was the case on
Michigan's first goal where John Mad-
den scored off the draw at 4:44, coming
only five seconds aftera Bowling Green
penalty.
Mike Legg, playing despite a sepa-
rated shoulder that he suffered against
Michigan State on Tuesday, made it 2-
0 less than two minutes later with the
Wolverines' only even-strength goal of
the first period. Legg came down on a

3-on-2 break and deked Falcon
goaltender Bob Petrie who had already
come out of the crease, and slid the
puck under him.
Warren Luhning made it three in. a
row for Michigan at 13:01 with a power
play goal coming off another Wolver-
ine odd-man rush. Luhning took a pass
in the low slot from Jason Botterill,
who drew the Falcon netminder out of
the crease, and beat an out-of-position
Petrie.
Bowling Green coach Buddy Powers
called a timeout following Luhning's
goal, hoping to settle down his team.
But all it did was give Michigan a
chance to rest its smoking guns.
Less than two minutes after the stop-
page, Falcon defenseman Chad
Ackerman was assessed a major pen-
alty for checking Harold Schock from
behind along the boards by the Michi-
gan bench.
The penalty turned out to be the turn-
ing point of the game as Michigan just
pulled away from there.
The Wolverines' hustle showed on
their next goal as Sean Ritchlin
See ICERS, Page 78

WALKER VANDYKE/Daily
Michigan's Matt Herr tips in one of the Wolverines' eight goals against Bowling
Green Saturday night.

I

Women cagers split
non-conference pair

Breeze
Basketball's never been a problem for Jennifer Brzezinski

By Jmes Goldstein
D~aily Sports W~riter
Michigan coach Trish Roberts said
her women's basketball team gave
Friday's game away because it gave up
the ball too much. Yesterday, the Wol-
verines took care of the ball and the
game.
Michigan finished the weekend up
strong with a 91-79 victory over Ohioin
Athens, Ohio. Friday, the Wolverines
fell to South Carolina 78-69 at Crisler
Arena.
Michigan (3-1) was able to cut down
on its turnovers yesterday, which was a
problem in Friday's game. The Wol-
verines ended up with 13 turnovers in
yesterday's game after giving the ball
up 23 times Friday.
By holding onto the ball better, Michi-
gan was able to utilize its inside-outside
game.
Center Pollyana Johns and forward
Tiffany Willard led the Wolverines with
20 points a piece against the Bobcats.
Johns was 7-of-15 from the field and
6-of-12 from the line.

And the guards complemented the
post-players nicely.
Starters Akisha Franklin and Jenni-
fer Kiefer contributed with 15 points
and 14 points, respectively in the win
over Ohio.
Franklin added six rebounds, three
assists and shot six-of-eight from the
foul line.
Kiefer canned two 3-pointers and was
perfect from the line on four attempts.
The Bobcats were led by forward
Barb Grbac with 21 points on seven-of-
10 shooting, including two-of-three
from the three point line.
Free throws were akey in both games.
Yesterday, the Wolverines converted
on 22-of-38 attempts. Friday, Michi-
gan got to the line only 16 times and
made only eight of those shots.
Against South Carolina, the Wolver-
ines gave up too many easy baskets.
"We gave the game away," Michigan
coach Trish Roberts said. "The key
things that hurt us in the game was that
we didn't box out. South Carolina had
so many second and third shots"

By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Writer
Jennifer Brzezinski had an easy
time picking up the game of basket-
ball.
You might say it was a breeze.
"Breeze," as Brzezinski's (pro-
nounced Bruh-ZIN-ski) teammates
refer to her, is the lone senior on the
Michigan women's basketball team.
The 6-foot-I power forward is
coming off a stellar junior season, in
which she led the Wolverines in
scoring and rebounding.
Just from talking to her, though,
you'd have a hard time picturing
Brzezinski as the bruising, physical
power forward whose 9.3 rebounds
per game were third best in the Big
Ten last year.
She just doesn't fit the mold of the
tough, rugged power forward - off
the court, that is. She's quiet,
unassuming and friendly - traits
which get left behind when it's time
to hit the hardwood.
But the first thing you notice about
Jennifer Brzezinski is her height.

I started asking myself questions
like, 'What if I'd chosen a different
school? Would I still have gotten
hurt?'"
- Jennifer Brzezinski
On her knee injury last season

Brzezinski grew up surrounded by
a family of basketball players. Her
dad and brother both played (and
wore jersey number 42, at Lincoln
High School in Warren, Mich., just
like she did. So it's easy to under-
stand why she got an early start
playing hoops.
By the time she was in second
grade, she was big enough (and good
enough) to be playing competitively,
on the same team as her sister.
Her sister was in fifth grade.
So was the rest of the league.
"They weren't really supposed to
let me do that - plav in that league

into it."
By the time she was a senior at
Lincoln, Brzezinski was flying high.
Her parents liked the fact that she-was
class valedictorian and class presi-
dent. Various basketball coaches
around the country liked the fact that
she was also a first-team All-State
selection, and a four-time conference
MVP.
Combine the characteristics, and
you can see why Brzezinski could
pretty much pick whichever college
she wanted. Throw in her liking for
architecture, and you can see why she
chose Michigan.

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